8 Women Who Greatly Impacted History

8 Women Who Greatly Impacted History

“She believed she could, so she did.”

A few days ago, on March 8, the world acknowledged International Women’s Day, a day in which the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women are celebrated around the globe. More than just this one day, March also marks Women’s History Month, commemorating the accomplishments of outstanding women throughout history, as well as those of today. It would be an understatement to say that, just like so many others, women have had to fight extremely hard for numerous rights that they have gained over time, and that their fight is nowhere near being over. While there have been countless women that are known for taking part in at least one of these many fights and invoking the change they wanted to see, there are a few that stand out, and will be taught about for centuries to come. Here are eight (of the many) women who’s actions will never be forgotten, and will always be admired:

1) Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was one of the women who played a large role in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, vigorously fighting for women’s right to vote, and even served the role of president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association. In addition, she fought for causes including civil rights and abolition, co-founding the American Equal Rights Association and New York Women's State Temperance Society.

2) Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Alongside Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton played a major role in women’s rights and civil rights movements in the early 19th century. She fought tirelessly against the suppression of married women’s rights, forming the National Women’s Loyal League. Eventually, she co-founded the National Woman Suffrage Association, the American Equal Rights Association and New York Women's State Temperance Society with Anthony.

3) Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem is a feminist, social and political activist and journalist who first became known for being one of the leaders of the feminist movement of the 1960s-1970s. In 1969, she wrote an article entitled "After Black Power, Women's Liberation,” that solidified her as a famous feminist leader. Since then, she has never stopped working to progress women’s rights, co-founding the Women’s Media Center, which works to make women known through the media. Today, she travels as a spokesperson for equal rights.

4) Eleanor Roosevelt

Before, during, and after her husband’s presidency, Eleanor Roosevelt was an advocate for women’s rights. She joined the Women’s Trade Union in 1922, and introduced Franklin Roosevelt to many of the women involved so he would be able to better understand the needs of women in the workplace. During her husband’s presidential run, she organized women’s activities, and when he became president, she held press conferences for women reporters to help advance them in their positions. Even after Franklin Roosevelt died, she continued advocating, even speaking out for equal pay during the Kennedy Administration.

5) Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Ruth Bader Ginsberg has been an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States since being appointed in 1993. She is only the second female judge to ever be appointed the Supreme Court, after Sandra Day O’Connor. Even before she was appointed to the court, she has consistently worked for the advancement of women’s rights as a constitutional principle, and she continues to do so today.

6) Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai is an activist for female education, and the youngest ever nobel prize winner. In 2012, she was seriously injured after a gunman attempted to murder her, due to a fight for education. After recovering, she made it her mission to advocate for human rights and the advancement of education for women, especially in her home of northwest Pakistan, where the Taliban had sometimes banned girls from attending school. Since then, her movement emphasizing the importance of education for all has become an international movement.

7) Oprah Winfrey

Being the first woman to own and host her own talk show, Oprah Winfrey broke down many barriers holding women back in the entertainment industry. By hosting The Oprah Winfrey Show for 25 years, she promoted and fought for equality for all, especially underprivileged young women, opening the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.

8) Hillary Clinton

It is undeniable that Hillary Clinton has made many strides forward for women. She is lawyer, politician, former senator of New York, former First Lady, and former Secretary of State. Despite facing many adversities in the past, she became the first woman to receive a presidential nomination from a major political party in the 2016 Election. Throughout the entirety of her career, up to and including today, she has fought for women’s rights and human rights, teaching young girls everywhere is it always the right time to do what is right.
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To The Senior Graduating High School In A Month

"What feels like the end, is often the beginning."

It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes. Just a little over a year ago, I was the senior that had a month left. One month left in the hometown that I grew up in. One month left with the friends that I didn’t want to leave. One month left in the place that I had called “my school” for the past four years. You are probably thinking the same things I thought whenever it came down to only 30 days left. You’re probably scared, nervous, worried, or anxious. Maybe you’re like me and are dying to get out of high school, ready to start a new chapter. Or maybe you aren’t so ready yet. Maybe you’re wishing for a little more time.

As scary as it is, this month you have left will fly by. You’ll blink and you’ll be standing in your cap and gown, waiting for your name to be called to receive your diploma. You’ll look back on your last four years at your school and wonder why time went by so fast. It’ll be bittersweet. However, trust me when I say that you have so much to look forward to. You are about to begin taking the steps to build your future. You are going to grow and learn so much more than any high school class could teach you. You are going to meet amazing people and accomplish amazing things. So, as scared as you might be, I encourage you to take that first step out of your comfort zone and face this world head on. Chase your dreams and work towards your goals. You are smart. You are brave. You are capable of achieving amazing things. All your life, the lessons you have learned have prepared you for this point in your life. You are more than ready.

There are times when you will feel alone, scared, or confused. There are times when it won’t always be easy. But those are the times when you will shine the most because I know you will work through whatever problems you may face. Don’t think of the bad times as a terrible thing. Use them all as learning experiences. As author Joshua Marine once said, “Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.”

You might think that this is the end. However, it’s not. This is only the beginning. Trust me when I say that the adventures and opportunities you are about to face are nothing compared to high school. Whether you are going to college, going to work, or something else, this is the beginning of your journey called life. It will be exciting, it will be terrifying, but it will all be worth it.

So, as you walk out of your high school for the very last time, I encourage you to take a deep breath. Relax. You’ll always have the memories to look back on from high school. But your time is now, it begins today. Embrace it.

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Dear Senator Walsh, I Can't Wait For The Day That A Nurse Saves Your Life

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.


Dear Senator Walsh,

I can't even fathom how many letters you've read like this in the past 72 hours. You've insulted one of the largest, strongest and most emotion-filled professions.. you're bound to get a lot of feedback. And as nurses, we're taught that when something makes us mad, to let that anger fuel us to make a difference and that's what we're doing.

I am not even a nurse. I'm just a nursing student. I have been around and I've seen my fair share of sore legs and clinical days where you don't even use the bathroom, but I am still not even a nurse yet. Three years in, though, and I feel as if I've given my entire life and heart to this profession. My heart absolutely breaks for the men and women who are real nurses as they had to wake up the next morning after hearing your comments, put on their scrubs and prepare for a 12-hour day (during which I promise you, they didn't play one card game).

I have spent the last three years of my life surrounded by nurses. I'm around them more than I'm around my own family, seriously. I have watched nurses pass more medications than you probably know exist. They know the side effects, dosages and complications like the back of their hand. I have watched them weep at the bedside of dying patients and cry as they deliver new lives into this world. I have watched them hang IV's, give bed baths, and spoon-feed patients who can't do it themselves. I've watched them find mistakes of doctors and literally save patient's lives. I have watched them run, and teach, and smile, and hug and care... oh boy, have I seen the compassion that exudes from every nurse that I've encountered. I've watched them during their long shifts. I've seen them forfeit their own breaks and lunches. I've seen them break and wonder what it's all for... but I've also seen them around their patients and remember why they do what they do. You know what I've never once seen them do? Play cards.

The best thing about our profession, Senator, is that we are forgiving. The internet might be blown up with pictures mocking your comments, but at the end of the day, we still would treat you with the same respect that we would give to anyone. That's what makes our profession so amazing. We would drop anything, for anyone, anytime, no matter what.

You did insult us. It does hurt to hear those comments because from the first day of nursing school we are reminded how the world has zero idea what we do every day. We get insulted and disrespected and little recognition for everything we do sometimes. But you know what? We still do it.

When it's your time, Senator, I promise that the nurse taking care of you will remember your comments. They'll remember the way they felt the day you publicly said that nurses "probably do get breaks. They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day." The jokes will stop and it'll eventually die down, but we will still remember.

And I hope you know that when it is your time, you will receive the best care. You will receive respect and a smile. You will receive empathy and compassion because that's what we do and that is why we are the most trusted profession.

Please just remember that we cannot properly take care of people if we aren't even taken care of ourselves.

I sincerely pray that someday you learn all that nurses do and please know that during our breaks, we are chugging coffee, eating some sort of lunch, and re-tying our shoes... not playing cards.

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